After leading the Toronto Blue Jays to victory with a multi-homer game, veteran slugger Brandon Belt had high praise for teammate Hyun-jin Ryu.
In an interview following the Blue Jays’ 10-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday (July 21), Belt shared his impressions of starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed two runs (unearned) on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.
“He’s a pitcher who can throw,” Belt said, “and it doesn’t matter what he has. He’s a guy who knows what to do with what he has,” Belt said, praising his teammate for his performance.
During his long career with the San Francisco Giants, he often faced Hyun-jin Ryu, who now wears the uniform of the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Ryu throws fast,” he said. From a defensive standpoint, it’s always fun to play behind a pitcher who throws fast,” he said, adding that he appreciates Ryu’s fast tempo.
“He targets the right spots. He’s literally a pitcher, and you can tell when he’s on the mound,” he continued, praising his teammate. 소닉카지노
“I knew it was going to be an uphill battle. I knew the pitches that their starter (Hunter Green) had. I didn’t get greedy and kept it simple, just looking for good pitches to hit and not letting the ball go when it came,” he said of his success at the plate.
“There were a couple of key misses,” he said of the opposing greens. We literally kept it simple and went for the ball up the middle, and we were able to get it. Against me, he threw good pitches and could have gotten an out, but I was able to get enough to get it over the fence. He’s a good pitcher with good stuff.”
“With the return of Bo Bissett, Jano (Danny Jansen), and Chappie (Matt Chapman), we have a lot of depth at the plate,” he said.
Toronto is currently tied with the Seattle Mariners for the third American League wild-card spot by half a game. Expect a battle for positioning down the stretch.
“We just have to take care of our own business,” said the former two-time World Series champion (2012, 2014) in San Francisco. We don’t worry about the other teams. We’re going to try to win every inning, every game, and we’re going to worry about our baseball,” he said of his attitude toward the late-season race.